Surprise: Some Black People Don’t Hate the Gays

October 1, 2007 at 8:38 am 4 comments

I am beginning to wonder if Chris Crain, former editor of the Washington Blade, has been spending time discussing Black Americans with Fox Noise commentator Bill O’Reilly over chicken wings at Sylvia’s restaurant in Harlem.

Just as O’Reilly seemed to be surprised that Black people go to restaurants and eat dinner just like everybody else, Crain is now expressing surprise that African-American leaders including Princeton University professors Cornel West and Melissa Harris-Lacewell and NAACP board chairman Julian Bond have voiced support for the federal hate crimes bill. And, of course, Crain sees something fishy about the whole thing:

Well said, though I can’t help but notice the curious timing for this groundswell of vocal support for the hate crimes bill. Two factors could explain the trend.The more neutral would be that the bill was up for a vote this week in the U.S. Senate. Of course, the prospect that it would come up for a Senate vote has been around since at least July. The other is the decision by the Human Rights Campaign, the bill’s strongest backer, to take its own vocal stance last week at the controversial Jena 6 rallies in Washington, D.C., and Jena, La.I’d like to believe the timing is because of the Senate vote this week, but I can’t help but wonder… What do you think? Was this scratch-your-back politics at work?

Now, the reality is that African-American leaders have been vocal supporters of LGBT equality for years including people like Bond and Coretta Scott King who have spoken out in favor of marriage equality and members of the Congressional Black Caucus who have been almost unanimous in their support of the hate crimes bill and ENDA. And there have been ad campaigns and online videos of Black allies challenging our homophobic culture. Its just that now their words are penetrating the snow white fog that seems to envelope Crain.

White LGBT people love to throw out the notion that the Black community is more anti-gay than the more enlightened white people while conveniently forgetting that the Catholic Church is led by whites, Fred Phelps is white, the Republican leadership is white, Concerned Women of America, Focus on the Family and the American Family Association are all led by whites and that many of the thugs who attack and beat LGBT people are white.

I don’t deny that there are Black people who are anti-gay in their beliefs and quite vocal about it. I just find it more than a little frustrating when white LGBT people are surprised that some key Black leaders are not only not homophobic, but speak out loudly in favor of LGBT civil rights.


Entry filed under: Blogs, Conservatives, Hate Crimes, LGBT, Race.

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  • 2. Webster  |  October 1, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Oh, good grief. Chris Crain is a total idiot and always has been. Pay no attention to him and maybe he’ll just go away.

  • 3. cmoney  |  October 1, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you Bloggernista. My sentiments exactly.

  • 4. jeremy  |  October 2, 2007 at 11:26 am

    Can’t we all just equally hate everyone? All this division over who hates who is tiresome. Would it be easier for everyone to hate everyone else, or for everyone to love everyone else?


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